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Celtics, Mavs finalize Rondo trade

Celtics, Mavs finalize Rondo trade

The Boston Celtics have traded Rajon Rondo to the Dallas Mavericks, the teams announced Thursday night.
Cleaning begins for famed Houston A...

Cleaning begins for famed Houston Astrodome

Work has begun to clean the exterior of Houston's famed Astrodome
Sidney Crosby plays Thursday

Sidney Crosby plays Thursday

Pittsburgh Penguins captain Sidney Crosby, who had missed three games after being diagnosed with the mumps, returned to the lineup Thursday night against Colorado.
Officials: Woman was in fridge for ...

Officials: Woman was in fridge for 10 weeks before discovery

Patrick Lambert, the man accused of murdering his wife and then stuffing her body in the refrigerator, appeared in probable cause court for the first time Thursday. He is being held without bond
Judge overturns murder conviction i...

Judge overturns murder conviction in loud music shooting

In 2012, Raul Rodriguez was sentenced to 40 years in prison for the deadly shooting of his neighbor. Now he could bond out after a judge overturned his conviction
'Slender Man' Stabbing Suspects Rul...

'Slender Man' Stabbing Suspects Ruled Competent to Stand Trial

One of the two suspects appeared in court today.

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What a chief people officer does, a...

What a chief people officer does, and why BMC just hired one

Houston-based BMC Software recently brought on Monika Fahlbusch as chief people and administrative officer, a new position that focuses on employees and new talent. This is not the first time a company has named a chief people officer, but it's an emerging trend in the competitive IT talent market that is essential to make sure the company continues to grow, Fahlbusch told the Houston Business Journal. A chief people and administrative officer handles all human resource issues, community relations?
5 tips to increase your chances of ...

5 tips to increase your chances of finding the ideal job

1. Figure out who you are Something like 60 percent of all people surveyed don't like what they do for a living. The chances of you falling into the perfect job without doing some hard discovery work on yourself are somewhere between slim and zero. The hard work to which I'm referring to is figuring out who you really are, what you stand for, what you're good at and where you really add value. It's who you are that matters most. Fit is what's most important when it comes to job satisfaction. What?
AT&T rolls out more high-speed Inte...

AT&T rolls out more high-speed Internet for businesses

Dallas-based AT&T Inc. (NYSE: T) announced Dec. 18 that it's rolling out its high-speed Internet to business customers in the Houston market, the latest move in Houston's fiber wars. AT&T Business Fiber will support up to 300 megabits per second for now, with future plans to bring download speeds up to 1 gigabit per second, according to a statement. "With 300 megabits per second, businesses could download five gigabits of high-definition video in two minutes and better connect with their customers,?
Houston energy tech company closes ...

Houston energy tech company closes million-dollar series A funding round

Houston-based P97 Networks, an energy technology company that partners with gas providers to offer mobile payments, has closed an $8 million Series A round of funding. The round, led by Emerald Technology Ventures, a European venture capital firm with a North American office in Toronto, will help the company roll out its software, PetroZone, which tracks gas prices for consumers. Charles Vaslet, Emerald Technology Ventures partner, will sit on P97's board of directors, according to a statement. "This?
Popular Houston bakery shares top 3...

Popular Houston bakery shares top 3 reasons to use Pinterest

When Three Brothers Bakery first opened in Houston 65 years ago, the original three founders had come to Houston, Texas, following their liberation from Nazi concentration camps during the Holocaust. They did what they knew how to do ? bake. For years, we relied on word of mouth, but as the time has passed and the business has grown, technology and social media have evolved to become a main source of communication for us, including Pinterest. Here are a few key takeaways I have learned, which?
Do you have the fittest employees i...

Do you have the fittest employees in Houston? Now you can find out

FitRankings, an Austin-based company that uses real-time data to track employee and company health, officially launched in Houston today. The platform links with popular fitness apps like Map My Fitness, which tracks cycling and runnings mileage and pace, and wearables like Jawbone or FitBit, to track an individual's workouts in real-time, said Pat Hitchins, co-founder and CEO. It then aggregates company data to form a fit ranking and measures it against other employees at other participating companies. Some?

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Losing out on Rondo doesn’...

Losing out on Rondo doesn’t mean Rockets take back seat to Mavs

Loaded with contenders and MVP candidates as the NBA?s Western Conference might be, it had just one trade deadline, just one off-season rush of deal-making. As with everything else in the west, there had to be more of the good stuff. As if excellence was not enough, the Western Conference race needed to add more intrigue, a mid-December trade deadline. And if this season and the rapid start of the deep pack of teams aspiring to be champions was not good enough, it got better. The Dallas Mavericks pulled off the first major deal of the season, trading for Celtics point guard Rajon Rondo by outbidding the Rockets among others [...]
Texans will get Mercilus back; ...

Texans will get Mercilus back; Hopkins dealing with ankle injury

It was good news and perhaps a little bad news on the injury front for the Texans on Thursday. Coach Bill O?Brien said the team will get back linebacker Whitney Mercilus for Sunday?s game against Baltimore. Mercilus has been dealing with a back issue and missed last week?s contest at Indianapolis. ?He?ll play,? O?Brien said. ?He?ll be ready to go.? Wide receiver Andre Johnson said he?ll return, too. The Texans could be without wide receiver DeAndre Hopkins, though, who is dealing with an ankle injury and didn?t practice Thursday. ?That?s really day-to-day,? O?Brien said. ?I think that he?s working hard to get back. He did some things (Thursday) out there [...]
Young Jets defensive tackle say...

Young Jets defensive tackle says he’s just as good as Texans star J.J. Watt

The thing about being the best at what you do, especially in sports, is that more often than not you go from being the hunter to the hunted. Here?s the latest reminder that you?re at the top of the food chain, J.J. Watt. While he scored a pair of offensive TDs as a rookie in 2013, Sheldon Richardson has yet to touch the ball on offense this season. (Joel Auerbach / Getty Images) In a Thursday interview with ESPN.com, second-year New York Jets defensive tackle Sheldon Richardson inserted his name into the discussion regarding the best defensive players in the NFL, a list that recently has Watt at the top [...]
Native Houstonian Gary Kubiak l...

Native Houstonian Gary Kubiak likely to be ‘emotional’ in return to NRG Stadium

? ? ? Who should start for the Texans on Sunday? Case Keenum Thad Lewis View Results Your vote is being added to the total. Votes are not reflected in the tallies immediately.  Loading ... ? ? ? OWINGS MILLS, MD. ? No matter where Gary Kubiak coaches, he?ll always call Houston home. Kubiak, in his first season as Baltimore?s offensive coordinator, returns to his hometown on Sunday when the Ravens play the Texans, who fired him with three games remaining last season when they finished 2-14. ?Houston?s my hometown, and it?s been a big part of my football life,? he said Thursday at the Ravens? facility. ?When I walk [...]
Jeff Luhnow says Marwin Gonzale...

Jeff Luhnow says Marwin Gonzalez could be starter at third

With his shortstop in hand, Astros general manager Jeff Luhnow is leaving the door open at third base. ?Matt Dominguez has a chance to be a very good player,? Luhnow said recently. ?Two years ago, he proved that. Last year, he slid back a little bit. We?re going to give him every opportunity to win that job, but we also have to protect ourselves as an organization. Marwin (Gonzalez) is still with us, and Marwin could end up being our third baseman. So we?ve got some options, and we also have a few months until spring training. We?re going to continue to look at ways to improve the club.? Newly [...]
Minute Maid’s dimensions ...

Minute Maid’s dimensions suit Jed Lowrie well

The seven-foot wall in right field is calling. New Astros shortstop Jed Lowrie is particularly comfortable at Minute Maid Park. In 2012, when he last was a member of the team, he hit .262 with a .356 on-base percentage and .500 slugging percentage. He also had nine home runs in just 47 games, 45 of them starts. As a switch-hitter, Lowrie has a better career average batting from the right side of the plate, .283 compared to .250 against righthanders. But from the left side, he shows much more power, with 40 of 56 lifetime homers coming with a righty on the mound. ?A ballpark that he feels like is [...]

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Crusade over shoddy drug tests

Crusade over shoddy drug tests

Review one lawyer's fight vs. Harris County probation officials.

County Dem Chair Lane Lewis to ...

County Dem Chair Lane Lewis to run for city council

Harris County Democratic Party chair Lane Lewis will run for an at-large city council position, he told Democratic activists Tuesday evening. Lewis, who has led the county?s party operation since 2011, is running to succeed Stephen Costello in At-Large Position 1, one of two open-seat at-large races next year. Lewis will remain party chair during his campaign. Several other candidates already have appointed campaign treasurers in advance of runs for at-large positions, though only Philippe Nassif, a local Democratic activist, has specified that he will run for Position 1. Lewis ran for City Council in 2009 to represent District A, but lost to current Councilwoman Brenda Stardig in the runoff. [...]
Man charged with slaying wife foun...

Man charged with slaying wife found in refrigerator

A man accused of stabbing his wife, then shoving her into a refrigerator in the family's Houston apartment, is in custody on a murder charge, authorities said Wednesday. An Amber Alert was issued for the woman's infant, Achilles Lambert, 11 months, after Houston police examined the apartment.

Texas Republicans rip Obama ini...

Texas Republicans rip Obama initiative on Cuba

Sen. Ted Cruz President Obama?s move on Wednesday to normalize relations with Cuba got mixed reactions in Congress, with Sen. Ted Cruz and a number of other Texas Republicans accusing the administration of lending legitimacy to the authoritarian Castro regime. ?Fidel and Raul Castro have just received both international legitimacy and a badly-needed economic lifeline from President Obama,? said Cruz, the son of a Cuban refugee.  ?But they remain in control of a totalitarian police state modeled on their old state sponsor, the Soviet Union.? Cruz compared the move to Obama administration attempts at rapprochement with what he called ?rogue regimes? like Russia and Iran. Democrats in the Texas delegation [...]
Straus gets promotion on GOP ca...

Straus gets promotion on GOP campaign committee

State House Speaker Joe Straus, R-San Antonio AUSTIN ? State House Speaker Joe Straus has been named vice chairman of the Republican Legislative Campaign Committee, a move that puts him on track to lead the national organization in 2016. The group, an arm of the Republican State Leadership Committee that helps elect Republicans to state legislatures, is expected to announce the speaker?s appointment later today, according to a source close to Straus. ?Speaker Joe Straus is a committed leader for the people of Texas and a strong, conservative voice who is leading the charge nationally to protect our individual liberties and preserve our nation?s commitment to the principles that make us [...]
Christian Afghan seeking student v...

Christian Afghan seeking student visa to Houston rejected

U.S. officials in Sri Lanka Wednesday rejected the student visa application of an Afghan man who previously worked as an interpreter for a U.S. Army chaplain and who wanted to study in Houston. The U.S. official told Farhad his application was denied because he could not provide documentation guaranteeing his financial support during his American stay, the former chaplain said. Farhad, a Christian, was en route to a professional conference in Sri Lanka when the attackers opened fire and detonated a suicide bomb in the office of a California-based education charity at which he was employed.

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